31 Jan 2011
After the creation of the State, and largely due to some Jewish and Christian interpretations, the Old Testament's Jewish (Zionist) character became so visible that it has become repugnant to Palestinian Christians. It, therefore, generally has fallen into disuse by both clergy and laity because the church is unable to come to terms with the ambiguities, questions, and paradoxes of the Old Testament, and especially with its similarities with the twentieth century events in Palestine. The fundamental question of many Christians, whether verbalized or not, is how can the Old Testament be the word of God in light of the Palestinian Christians' experience with Zionism?
I don't think it is accurate to conflate such "Palestinian" propaganda with traditional Christian beliefs concerning Jews and Judaism. Rejecting the Old Testament as "too Jewish" would have been inconceivable--would be considered heretical, in fact--to the Christian thinkers in Roman times and the Middle Ages. This is merely another example of Islamic jihadists, including their nominally Christian frontmen, throwing everything they can think of to encourage hostility to their main intended victim of the moment, Israel. The level of argument is so crude here that it should have the opposite of its intended effect among the civilized Christians in the West.